– Curepe Fatima RC School, 1981–2010
In September 1981, I was transferred to Curepe Fatima RC School (CFRC). I was asked to teach a Standard V class (Common Entrance). On that first day, it was a pleasure to meet teachers who were also posted there (six of us for the first time). I also saw some of my old friends who were already there.
The school was an old building (opened in 1953) with well-behaved children and very co-operative teachers. The PTA was very active and assisted with many fundraising functions. The ancillary staff were well organised, keeping the school clean and tidy.
We had programmes to enrich and develop the children, teachers and parents. Sports; Visual and Performing Arts worked alongside the curriculum, giving the children a ‘rounded’ education; Music Festivals; SanFest; Carnival; Choral Speaking; Junior Parang; Steel Orchestra—all had their roles within the education programmes set out by the Catholic Education Board and the Ministry of Education. The teachers continue to work with the stakeholders to ensure that the students of the school get what is best for them.
The ageing school needs to be rebuilt, since it has been up since 1953. Nonetheless, it has been a joy to bring my four children to CFRC, to teach there for 29 years, to learn so much from my colleagues, to see children grow, leave this school and go on to secondary and tertiary levels. They still remember the many things they did. It all shows that the people who worked there were indeed fulfilling their vocation—working to a well-planned programme to make T&T a better place.